Gov. Mark Dayton signed an education budget bill Wednesday that boosts funding for public schools over the next two years, funds all-day kindergarten statewide for the first time and retools high school testing requirements.
The Minnesota House passed a K-12 finance bill that would increase funding by $485 million for all-day kindergarten, special education, early childhood education and the classroom.
A committee of faculty, students and staff is recommending Minnesota students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison pay out-of-state tuition.
The State Senate passed a two-year, $15.7 billion education finance bill Thursday on a 35 to 28 vote that includes full funding for all-day kindergarten in every district.
House Speaker Paul Thissen and other House DFLers are holding a Tuesday press conference to roll out there education finance bill which includes funding allocations for the state's K-12 system.
The House Higher Education Committee chairman is calling the $2.5 million contract buyout for fired University of Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith "obscene."
DFL leaders in the Minnesota House spent the first day of their spring break making a case for all-day kindergarten and the tax increases needed to pay for it.
Minnesota lawmakers are considering beefing up the state's anti-bullying law, and for the most part, school administrators applaud the effort. But as with so many pieces of legislation, there's concern over the cost.
University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler is at the state Capitol this week to discuss the school's efforts to reduce administrative costs.
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Several Minnesota education groups made a push for Gov. Mark Dayton's education budget at the Capitol on Monday.
The Legislature has named four people to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, including two incumbents who got second terms during a challenging time for the university.
Property-poor school districts and those districts without a voter-approved operating levy would get some funding help under legislation advanced Tuesday by a Minnesota Senate panel.
Supporters of early childhood education say that many children could benefit from programs like Bigelow Head Start in St. Paul and that this could finally be the year that Minnesota takes educating young children seriously.
A bill to replace Minnesota's anti-bullying statute made its first committee appearance Thursday at the state House.
As lawmakers put together the next state budget, some people might find it odd that Minnesota school officials are not scrambling for the big chunk of money they're owed from the state.